PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim have to cut loose the dirty baggage they carried in the Pakatan Harapan.
When Dr Mahathir came to Anwar at the courts to shake hands and reconnect, it was for a new Malaysia. Shortly after they sat down to lay out the strategy to defeat Barisan Nasional.
There was one aim and it was to rid the country of then Prime Minister Najib Razak.
But Pakatan Harapan is nothing like Barisan Nasional and it has an agenda, a reformasi agenda.
An agenda not shared by some in the PH whose mindset is still within the framework of the BN’s agenda.
They are still fresh from the Umno and has no idea what ‘reformasi’ is. A deep look on social media will show how innocent and naive the newly-minted Pakatan supporters are.
The naivety of the supporters does not make or direct the making of policies Policymakers and lawmakers craft them in Parliament.
In the case of the Pakatan Harapan, Dr Mahathir came with his own backlog of rotten tomatoes.
They appear to have successfully spread the rot to other members of the PH. Mainly in the PKR and for all you know, they may also have spread this to other component parties.
The problem in the Pakatan is the baggage brought by the Bersatu, Dr Mahathir’s party and the apples that got rotten in the PKR.
One must recognise the ‘honesty’ of the Bersatu members. They want contracts, handouts and positions to compensate for their recent sacrifices after enjoying all the privileges under the BN.
But these members, as naive as they are, can still be put under control. In the nicest terms that Dr Mahathir got them to understand that their contribution against kleptocracy will be part of their legacy.
However, there are some powerful manipulators who are running amok in the corridors of power.
They are both in the Bersatu and the PKR. Give them the boot or correct them before they deepen the corruption of both parties.
It is their resistance to reforms that are killing the PH and it is breeding a culture of dirt throwing. There is a systematic diversion of facts that is trickling down to the population. People see it as the incapacity of the PH to deliver on its promises.
Bersatu has some strong men and women in their midst. PKR too has some strong figurehead.
These strong men and women should take the lead and rally behind their leaders. They must speak the same language of truth.
They (MP’s and Ministers) should press on for reforms without fear or favour.
Instead, we see some of them clinging to their ministerial posts and attacking the leadership on a daily basis.
They blame their incongruent behaviours on the promises of freedom of expression. Manipulating it in their favour and hoping the two leaders on top close their eyes and leave them in peace.
The people did not vote for PH on this basis. They voted PH in to bring a better life for them. To achieve that, PH must bring in the much-needed reforms.